Hey all. This is me after today using no sunscreen at marching band practice + mowing the lawn (should have skipped last bit as I was already burned). I was wearing sunglasses and got burned "well" enough to trace a nice outline on my face as you can see :P Today we were out from 10:00-12 and then 12:40-3:00. Next week Monday-Thursday, we do this again and I don't know what to do really. Should I just let myself burn or wear hat and such to protect face more or use sunscreen? I know it would be best if I avoid being in the sun that long in general and especially during those hours, but I don't really have an option lest I quit marching band. And I know most sunscreens are toxic... Any helpful tidbits of knowledge would be really appreciated :(
1. Wear hat/protection
2. or march in the shadow:)
3. or quit band..
But NEVER use sunscreen.
Using Lavender oil and aloe vera works very well. Mix the 2 together and slather it on, I got a bad burn and didn't peel after doing this. But keep re-applying til you feel comfortable.
For today, use aloe vera gel. For the future, I concur with cloudyknight's advice. While you are building your base, try to spend smaller amounts of time in the sun. If marching band practice is 2 hours, then that will be your only sun time, and you'll have to mow at dusk.
I also concur with wearing a big hat (if you're allowed) for at least part of practice.
You can use coconut oil topically to take the sting out of the burn...it helps the skin to heal quickly too. Some say you can use it as sun protection, but it only has a 4-8 spf. Here's an article you might be interested in: http://www.naturalnews.com/032996_sunscreen_cancer_risk.html